Walk on a treadmill at the gym or walk outside on a tree-lined trail along the ocean?
It kind of seemed like a no-brainer so I walked across the street this past Thursday to the trails near our home when I was suddenly confronted with this sign:
I stood there for a few moments, processing the information. May 24th. Okay, that’s today. 9:30AM. I looked at my watch. So, that was an hour and a half ago. Bear. Somewhere around here. Hmm.
I scanned the area and observed the following:
Me: Second guessing my decision to trail walk instead of using the treadmill.
Everyone Else: Ignoring the sign, happily walking through the woods.
Me: Tensely walking along the trail as my head snaps from left to right, scanning the forest for any sign of movement.
Everyone Else: Casually pushing baby strollers and walking dogs.
Me: Jingling my keys to make extra noise to keep the bear at bay.
Everyone Else: Listening to their iPods so they don’t have to hear me jingling my keys (or bears sneaking up on them).
I guess this city girl needs to relax a bit and enjoy this BC wilderness that Port Moody, BC has to offer…just as soon as the bears go back to hibernate.
UPDATE: Read Bears in Port Moody Part 2